Ron just had to didn’t he? I take a week off to actually play some golf (my partners may see that as an exaggeration), and he has to go through the stats “Ron style” and come up with the winner – you just couldn’t make it up. I would love to tell you I will put in even more effort to get my own back here, but the truth is I burn the midnight oil as it is and I need my sleep, so here’s hoping that we get a bit of luck this week. – and I can get back to profitable if not necessarily winning ways!
This weekend we head off to Fort Worth Texas for the Charles Schwab Challenge at the Colonial Country Club, one of only five PGA Invitational events on the tour, meaning a smaller but top quality field.
Played on a par 70 track measuring in at 7,209 yards we are talking finesse more than power here, so in my mind, a true test of golf. Tree-lined fairways, and smaller than normal pure bentgrass greens we won’t be seeing any silly scores here with birdies at a premium throughout and I for one already have a few beers already chilling in the fridge in the hope I am allowed to sit down and watch as many hours as possible – though I doubt I learn anything that will assist my own lousy game.
Selections with reasoning:
***NOTE*** Different bookmakers are offering different each way terms so do shop around for best odds and best place terms and any special offers with the bookmakers to steal the most value and DO check the exchanges for bigger prices – I can’t put them on here accurately as they differ by the minute. Betfair prices quoted are as indicators only and were correct at the time of writing.
1pt each way Jordan Spieth 12/1 top 8 places William Hill (14.5) Betfair)
Some interesting statistics have reared their head here with Mr Speith seemingly at his best in his home state, though whether that is down to crowd support or something else, only he knows for sure. 24 starts in Texas stretching back to 2013 have seen two wins, six runner-up spots, a third and five top ten finishes – pretty impressive reading. He averages 67.64 per round here which is very impressive on a tricky course, and with the greens very much in his favour, I will be shocked (and a touch embarrassed) if he fails to make it in to the top eight here to land the place part of our bets at the very least.
1pt each way Kevin Na 35/1 top 10 places Boylesports (48.0 Betfair)
Short courses and Kevin Na go hand in hand with an impressive list of results here over the years. Seven starts have seen him finish 17th, 7th, 9th, 13th, 10th, 4th, and 1st – so we would have collected five times out of seven (or 71%) and I am hoping that run continues. He loves the bentgrass greens as much as anyone here, and has led after the first round on three occasions – and more importantly, I suspect he knows he will always struggle to compete against the big hitters elsewhere, and needs to make the most of opportunities like this when they arise.
1pt each way Collin Morikawa 18/1 top 8 places William Hill (20.0 Betfair)Just like out old mate Rory McIlroy, Colin is a player who never sems to be at his best when I back him. He is a class act when he is in the mood or on form (you decide which is which), and he came so close to winning this on his first visit in 2020 when losing in a playoff. We have to remember that the days of tiger Woods are long gone and it seems unlikely any player will ever be so dominant again, so a second in January at the Genesis and a fifth in the Masters isn’t a bad season by any player’s standards. Another golfer who can get outgunned by the huge hitters, accuracy is his strong point and this track unravels perfectly for that style of combatant. Not my number one pick by any means, but more than capable of going well here and hitting a place if the golf Gods shine upon him this weekend.